Quarterback: Advantage, New Orleans Saints
This one was a tough one. If Drew Brees was in the game it obviously would not be close, but Gardner Minshew and Minshew Mania have been sweeping across the league as Minshew has been electric for the Jaguars.
However, only four starts into his NFL career, it is hard to give him the edge over Bridgewater. Bridgewater is a former Pro Bowler and is an over-qualified backup and definitely has the talent to outduel Minshew.
Oh, and the Saints have the ultimate Swiss Army Knife in Taysum Hill to definitely sway the argument.
Running back: Advantage, New Orleans Saints (Tentatively)
Alvin Kamara is a better all-around running back than Leonard Fournette because of his impact in the passing game as well as his ability to make plays happen out of nothing. Fournette can do that as well and has been fantastic the last two games, but not to the extent that Kamara can.
However, Kamara hit the injury report on Thursday and was limited in practice with an ankle injury. Even if Kamara plays, if he is only 70 percent, the edge goes to the Jags. For now, we tentatively give the advantage to the Saints.
Wide receivers: Advantage, New Orleans Saints
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a talented wide receiver corps and probably have more weapons outside of the number one guy. However, Michael Thomas is the best receiver on the field and it is not even close, which sways this the Saints’ way, even if the Jaguars have the better second and third option.
Tight ends: Advantage, New Orleans Saints
Jared Cook finally had a good game for the Saints last week after a disappointing start to the season. We all know he is talented but with his age, his lack of production was slightly concerning.
The Jaguars are fairly week at tight end, especially in the passing game. Starting tight end Geoff Swaim has only 12 receptions for 60 yards through five games this season.
Offensive line: Advantage, New Orleans Saints
The Jacksonville Jaguars do not have a bad offensive line but their offensive line is certainly not up to par with the Saints. The Jags are right around league average in line talent and that shows with the team ranking exactly 16th in sacks allowed per game this season.
Meanwhile, the Saints rank seventh with nearly a sack fewer per game allowed.